- The road to the Super Bowl goes through ... Glendale, Ariz? The team that everyone was certain was going to take an early and embarrassing exit from the playoffs now is in an excellent position to become the national media darling and go to the big game. Arizona hasn't received this much attention since Rod Tidwell played there. We knew the Cardinals could throw the ball. Now they're running and playing defense. The Cardinals were throttled by the Eagles, 48-20, earlier this year, but that game was in Philly. Arizona is
6-27-2 at home this season.
- No interviews today for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator position. This is how I read the situation: Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan are happy with the trio of candidates they spoke with Friday and Saturday. Now they have to ask themselves whether it would be wise to continue looking. On one hand, it would be nice to have the staff together as early as possible, including in advance of next week's Senior Bowl practices. On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be a real risk in being thorough.
- This is entirely hypothetical at this point, but let's say the 49ers hire Scott Linehan to run their offense. And let's say Mike Martz convinces the Rams to take him back as their offensive coordinator. You have to believe that in that situation that Isaac Bruce, so beloved in St. Louis but still under contract in San Francisco, would want to be re-reunited with Martz. That's the type of situation that could result in an extra draft choice for the 49ers.
- Remember just after Martz was fired I noted that the top five rushing teams this season all made the playoffs? Well, all but one - Baltimore - has been knocked out. Oops. In fact the common denominator among the teams that are advancing is not that they can consistently run the ball but that they have been excellent on defense and are forcing timely turnovers. On a related note, only two teams -- Jacksonville and Denver -- forced fewer turnovers this season than the 49ers. (12 INTs, 6 fumble recoveries).
-- Matt Barrows